WORLD RENOWNED BUDWEISER CLYDESDALES TO APPEAR AT KETTERING PHYSICIAN NETWORK TREE LIGHTING AT AUSTIN LANDING
OCTOBER 26TH – The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, the symbol of quality and tradition for Anheuser-Busch since 1933, are scheduled to make several appearances in the area on November 10th, including one at Austin Landing in conjunction with the Kettering Physician Network Tree Lighting. The Austin Landing marketing and events team is thrilled to bring this iconic experience to Austin Landing and our surrounding community.
The eight-horse hitch will be harnessed and hitched to the famous red beer wagon at Austin Landing on November 10th from 6:30pm to 7:45pm. On November 10th, the “Gentle Giants,” as they are often referred to, will participate in the Austin Landing Tree Lighting Parade. The parade begins at 6:00pm.
Make sure you arrive early so you can snag the perfect spot to watch the opening parade that begins at 6 p.m. It will feature decorated Jeeps, JoyRide cars, Frosty, Rudolph, the Grinch, stilt-walking toy soldiers, Chuy’s Red Fish, and friends from Miami Township police department, Blue Skies for Good Guys and Gals, Pink Ribbon Girls, and Therapeutic Riding Institute. Along the way, you can enjoy all the holiday lights spread around the Landing, which will be lit bigger and brighter than it ever has been before.
The Clydesdales’ appearance in Miami Township is one of hundreds made annually by the traveling hitches. Canadians of Scottish descent brought the first Clydesdales to America in the mid-1800’s. Today, the giant draft horses are used primarily for breeding and show.
Horses chosen for the Budweiser Clydesdale hitch must be at least three years of age, stand approximately 18 hands – or six feet – at the shoulder, weigh an average of 2,000 pounds, must be bay in color, have four white legs, and a blaze of white on the face and black mane and tail. A gentle temperament is very important as hitch horses meet millions of people each year.
A single Clydesdale hitch horse will consume as much as 20-25 quarts of feed, 40-50 pounds of hay and 30 gallons of water per day.
Each hitch travels with a Dalmatian. In the early days of brewing, Dalmatians were bred and trained to protect the horses and guard the wagon when the driver went inside to make deliveries.
The Budweiser Clydesdales can be viewed at the Anheuser-Busch breweries in St. Louis, Mo.; Merrimack, N.H.; and Ft. Collins, Colo. They also may be viewed at Grant’s Farm in St. Louis and at Warm Springs Ranch, the 300-plus acre Clydesdale breeding farm located near Boonville, Mo.
Austin Landing recommends arrival early to get ahead of the traffic and ensure parking. We want to note that there will be revised traffic patterns implemented by Miami Township Police Department starting between 6:15 and 6:30, including one-way streets and closed roads. Please visit austinlanding.com/christmas for a map and traffic flow details available November 1st.